Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is fronting this year’s Poppy Appeal after meeting servicemen and women desperate for help.
The 34 year-old singer agreed to back the Legion’s appeal this year after hearing incredible stories of suffering from members of the Armed Forces.
During one visit to the Legion’s £27million Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall, West Midlands she met horribly wounded troops fighting their injuries.
Last night she told The Daily Mirror: “When I was approached by The Royal British Legion to be one of the faces of this year’s Poppy Appeal, the decision was easy and my response was that I would be honoured.
“So I visited The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre for wounded, injured or sick serving personnel.
"With its focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t, the Centre gives our troops the best possible chance of recovery through sport and adventurous training enabling them to either return to duty or make a new life in Civvy Street.
“Taking part in the wheelchair basketball was unbelievably difficult.
“It requires strength, awareness, speed and stamina, all physical qualities I thought I possessed until I got on the court with these guys.
"It doesn’t matter what your disability is, the instructors find a way for you take part, whether it’s rock climbing, water skiing, archery or basketball, at the Legion’s Battle Back Centre, anything is possible, if you want to do it.”
One of the most inspiring tales of bravery came from Sapper Clive Smith, 26, who lost both legs to a Taliban IED in 2010.
She added: “The disabilities of those that I met during my time at the centre were severe, none more so than Clive, who features in this year’s Poppy Appeal posters.
“In 2010 Clive stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulting in him having both legs amputated. Hearing first-hand Clive’s accounts of that fateful day, brought home the reality of what it means to serve in the Armed Forces.
“To be prepared and knowingly stick your neck on the line each day, is something I could never do.
So far 433 British troops have died as a result of serving in Afghanistan since 9-11 and 179 were killed in Iraq.
Alesha Dixon will launch this year’s Poppy Appeal today with a free concert in Trafalgar Square dedicated to the families of the Armed Forces.